Penn State alum to speak at spring commencement May 9

Penn State York will celebrate its 44th annual spring commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus. The ceremony is free and open to the public. 

Jeffrey L. Wigbels, Class of 1976, senior vice president at Morgan Stanley in Atlanta, is the commencement speaker. Wigbels has more than 30 years of financial experience.

A cancer survivor, he is the recipient of the prestigious M.D. Anderson Making Cancer History Award, joining the ranks of Bob Schieffer, T. Boone Pickens and Laura Bush, sharing the same compassion and determination to make life better for those dealing with the challenges of cancer.

Wigbels holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Penn State and studied his first two years at Penn State York. He also is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

In addition to hearing from Wigbels, Penn State York will continue its open microphone tradition when graduates can speak to the audience for a moment. The top associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree graduates will also say a few words. A number of former Penn State York students who completed their degree work at another campus of Penn State will return to the campus to receive their degrees during the ceremony.

The campus will award associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees during the program. 

For those who cannot attend the event, Penn State York's commencement can be viewed on Comcast cable Channel 18 and streaming at

Last Updated April 17, 2014